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Custom Design Story: Maria and Billy

custom design story

Maria and Billy went on their first date at 15, at an ice skating rink. After dating on and off over the years, things started to get serious in 2013. Maria approached me about an engagement ring first, because she wanted to make sure she got the kind of ring she was hoping for. She sent me a few images, and also some sketches she had done. We figured out her ring size and put together a list of likes: two-tone rings, bezels, beaded details, and twist shanks.

 

Christine Alaniz Designs round bezel beaded halo engagement ring with a twist shank


I love when women reach out to me first to make sure I know the type of engagement rings they like! It guarantees that they'll get what they're hoping for. I filed away Maria's engagement ring information and waited for Billy to reach out.

Christine Alaniz Designs round bezel beaded halo engagement ring with a twist shank


In the summer of 2013, Billy decided it was time to propose. He knew that I already had a general sense of the type of ring Maria wanted, but he knew that he wanted to go with an all white gold ring, rather than a two-tone ring. We picked out a round diamond, and I designed a custom ring for it with a bezel setting, a beaded halo and a twist shank. We discussed a few minor changes, and then he approved the final design. The ring was 3D printed, cast, polished and set. After I delivered his engagement ring, I waited patiently to hear the good news.


And waited.


And waited.


Some men can't keep an engagement ring in their pocket for a weekend, but Billy held onto his for six months. One snowy night, outside their home in White Haven, Pennsylvania, Billy asked Maria to marry him. Of course, she said yes!


xo,
Christine


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